COVID-19 Business Support: Relief through Insolvency Law Changes
Based in the firm’s London office, Chris is a Corporate Advisory Partner at Mercer & Hole. With transactional experience from M&A to restructuring and a problem solving approach, his emphasis is on practical action and advice.
Chris is frequently called upon when businesses and their management are facing unfamiliar challenges. Acting on behalf of management, creditors and other stakeholders, he has many years’ experience of advising on business sales transactions and undertaking due diligence exercises. As a champion of the constructive use of insolvency procedures, when necessary, Chris takes appointments as an administrator, liquidator or other insolvency officeholder. He has acted in many industry sectors including retail, manufacturing, printing, wholesale and distribution, leisure, professional practices, property and construction, utilities and not-for-profit.
Chris leads the firm’s international restructuring practice and, having particular knowledge and experience of European insolvency regimes, including the European Insolvency Regulation, he is one of the few UK officeholders well-positioned to bridge the gulf between understanding and expectations between stakeholders in cross-border restructurings.
Recognised for his skills in effecting recoveries through litigation, Chris has particular experience of interest rate hedging product mis-selling claims. His regulatory and practical experience has also contributed to the demand for his services as an expert witness. He is a member of The Academy of Experts.
Chris is a past president and honorary member of INSOL Europe, the European association of restructuring and insolvency professionals; and he is the editor of ‘Recovery’, the quarterly journal of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3). He is also a member of the Lexis PSL Restructuring & Insolvency Consulting Editorial Board and the UK Government’s European insolvency stakeholder group, as well as the chief contributor to Mercer & Hole’s restructuring blog and a regular conference speaker and commentator. Chris is also a member of the Accountancy Age Advisory Board.
Chris joined Mercer & Hole as a partner in 2004. He has been working full time in corporate finance and restructuring since 1983 when he qualified as a chartered accountant; he became a licensed insolvency practitioner in 1987.
Married with two children, Chris devotes his leisure time to his family.
Jim Luby, a past president of INSOL Europe, commented on Neil Smyth’s editorial in the current issue of Recovery “Well done Chris, one of the most dedicated professionals I know”.
Simeon Gilchrist of Edwin Coe commented on Chris’s article ‘COVID-19 Business Support: Relief through insolvency law changes’ “As lucid as ever, Chris”.